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The Rise and Fall of the Welsh Language

The well-known author and language tutor, Cennard Davies, has released a new edition of his book The Welsh Language, to include recent developments such as the disappointing results of the 2011 census and the appointment of the Welsh Language Commissioner.

“Since the beginning of the last century, the number and percentage of Welsh speakers have decreased in each consecutive census,” says Cennard Davies, who hails from Treorci, Rhondda. “Even though the 2001 census bucked the trend by showing an increase, this proved to be a false dawn as it was then followed by a 1.8% decline in 2011.

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‘Roller coaster’ autobiography of Aberystwyth TV Producer

“If I learned the knack of staying cool in a crisis, it all came from my years working in the newsroom,” recalls David Lloyd of Aberystwyth in his brand-new autobiography.

“News items from north Wales had to be driven down to Cardiff by van every day. News was not allowed to happen in Bangor after midday!

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Welsh Rugby Legend Delme Lifts Lid on Battle with Depression

Delme Thomas is one of those giants of Welsh rugby for whom a Christian name is enough – but in his brand-new book he reveals how he was laid low by retirement from the game.

Delme: The Autobiography tells the story of his nervous breakdown after giving up the game he loved and which had given him so much through three British and Irish Lions tours, 22 Wales caps and of course captaining his beloved Llanelli to that victory over the All Blacks.

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The Guardian of Snowdonia Immortalised in Memoir

The memoir of feisty campaigner and conservationist, Esmé Kirby, has been launched this week, marking the 15th anniversary of her death.

Esmé Kirby was the heroine of 'I Bought a Mountain', the bestselling story of 23-year-old newcomers taking on a Snowdonia sheep farm, despite having no farm experience. The book, written by Esmé's first husband Thomas Firbank, was published in 1940 and told of the couple's life at Dyffryn in Capel Curig.

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Politics, life and love in 1950s Wales: the novel that “should be on everyone’s reading list”

A brand-new novel has been described by prominent Welsh author Angharad Tomos as a book that “should be on everyone's reading list.”

Amongst the many others offering reviews of first-time author Gareth Thomas' new novel, 'A Welsh Dawn' is former First Minister for Wales Rhodri Morgan, Jane Hutt AM, Dafydd Wigley, Bryn Fôn and distinguished academic Dr Alwyn Roberts.

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Were the 1974 Lions the ‘Greatest Ever’?

For years the British and Irish Lions team that triumphed in South Africa in 1974 lived in the shadow of the great 1971 touring party that won a famous series in New Zealand under Carwyn James.

But the 1974 side remain the only Lions never to be beaten and in his new book, author Rhodri Davies makes a strong case for crediting that touring party as the 'greatest ever'.

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Lloyd Jones Releases Highly Anticipated “Cli-fi” Novel

Lloyd Jones's much-acclaimed climate change novel Y Dwr (2009) has been published in English by Y Lolfa publishers this week.

Described as a “gripping” and “extraordinarily moving” cli-fi (climate fiction), Water follows the trials and tribulations of a family living in extreme poverty on a remote lake-side farm, following a worldwide crisis.

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Welsh Book of the Year Winner transcends boundaries in new English Edition

Next week we are launching A Haven from Hitler, a volume which pays tribute to a family of Jewish origin who suffered as a result of genocidal Nazi policies during the Second World War.

Originally published in Welsh under the title Yr Erlid, it won the Welsh Book of the Year prize in 2013. It tells the story of the family of Kate Bosse-Griffiths, of German-Jewish descent, who fled the brutal regime of the Nazis and became one of Wales's leading academic and literary figures.

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Bittersweet Memoir of a South Wales Railwayman Published

This week we are publishing 'Fifty Years within Station Limits', a bittersweet memoir of a south Wales railwayman, John M. Morgan.

John M. Morgan (1931 – 2010) from Cymer Afan, Port Talbot followed his father's footsteps, and became a signalman in the early 1950s.

Although the work was hard, to have a job on the railways in those days was a job for life, and the free passes and privilege tickets opened up the whole of Britain to the workforce. Along with a job came an opportunity to 'climb the ladder', and in many cases senior staff had begun on the lowest rung.

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Gower Peninsula Inspires Welsh American Author

Author Peter Griffiths may have left his native Cynheidre, near Llanelli, a long time ago but Wales will always be a part of him. His brand new novel, The Mystical Milestone has been inspired by and glorifies the Gower Peninsula, and will be officially launched in Llangennith.

For the past 42 years, Peter's home has been America – Denver in Colorado. However over the last 20 years, he and his wife Yvonne have reconnected with their motherland, dividing their time between the Rocky Mountains of Midwest America and Swansea. On their current trip there is cause for celebration, on the publication of Peter's latest novel, The Mystical Milestone (Y Lolfa).

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